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I was diagnosed with localized Sceleroderma as a child, I stopped seeing the rhuemotologist at about 16 years old because I basically stopped having symptoms, I just had the hardening of the skin and the rash eventually faded out. I'm now 25, and now I'm having an array of symptoms. I'd like to know if anyone on this forum has the "water melon" stomach...I'm having weird stomach symptoms, well I've had them for years now. I bloat during the day sometimes so big people think I'm pregnant, I've never had stretch marks in my life but, I have these striped striations on my belly. Here's the weird thing the red striations only show up when I'm active like at work moving around, etc...I go to sleep at night and wake up the bloat is gone, the striations are gone...Some foods I eat really aggervate my stomach...Eggs especially If I eat any type of eggs my stomach just blows up...I've always been tiny everwhere else but the stomach...It lacks any muscle...my skin is very thin... i wasn't really worried until my mom said she was concerned about the red marks on my stomach because they look really similar to how the sceloderma on my leg started.

Give me some feed back-


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Hi Brittinee,


Welcome to Sclero Forums, it's wonderful to have you join us. It would probably be good to cover your concerns with your primary care doctor, first of all, and they can refer you to a rheumatologist, if necessary.


There is a very common misunderstanding of what Watermelon Stomach is. It is the popular nickname for Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia (G.A.V.E.). It is referred to as watermelon stomach due to the peculiar appearance of the LINING (inside) of the stomach, when viewed internally by specially instruments. Watermelon Stomach can occur by itself or along with systemic scleroderma; which is, of course, very different from localized scleroderma (morphea/linear). You can read more about that on our main site, at Watermelon Stomach.


So, the symptoms you are experiencing would quite likely not be considered to be watermelon stomach (although, an apt designation!). I may be wrong (I often am; and I have no medical training at all) but you may be having some gastrointestinal disturbances that are causing excessive bloat and perhaps stretch marks on your skin (from the weight gain or fluctuation) as well.


Thus, I think you should start with your primary care doctor, and take things from there. Odds are pretty good your symptoms are not related to any form of scleroderma (because usually morphea goes into remission and stays there), but that does not mean they shouldn't be taken seriously, either. Please let us know what you find out!

Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099


The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Hi Brittnee~


I absolutely think you should make appt to see the dr. You definitely have some issues going on and stress is the last thing you need. If you go, you'll get some answer as to what is going on. Please keep us posted as to what the dr say's. I hope you feel better and that everything turns out just fine for you.

Take care and stay warm,



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Hello and welcome!


Shelley gave you a great link. I know there are others on here with Watermelon stomach, so I'm sure you'll receive further feedback.


Please call your doctor. You should continue to see a doctor on a regular basis regardless of worsening symptoms.

Warm and gentle hugs,



ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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